ABSTRACT

Nestled between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges on Puget Sound lay Seattle. But the Depression ignored topography and rolled into the Pacific Northwest. Reading the Seattle Educational Bulletin, the monthly house organ of the schools, from 1929 onward, one finds little inkling of events beyond the schoolhouse. Worth McClure in his annual report for 1938 mentioned that “equitable policies for the retirement of persons long in the service should be developed this year” as to the “personal fitness of the school corps.” In June 1935 with a 25 percent salary cut, and substantial increases in work loads for school employees, McClure issued another bromide. Less expansion-minded, Worth McClure three years later took note of the “custodial responsibility of the schools.” Despite McClure’s ebullient style, the reality of countless temporary or wooden portable classrooms plagued Seattle.